Josie Adams

Josie Adams is a staff writer at The Spinoff. Email her on josie@thespinoff.co.nz

Music
Dec 12, 2019

Cheat Sheet: Benee is blowing up on TikTok. Here's why it's a big deal

19-year-old Benee’s track ‘Glitter’ is climbing international charts thanks to being given a TikTok dance. How does that work? Josie Adams explains what a TikTok dance is, and how this social media app is the new MTV.

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Science
Dec 10, 2019

New Zealand’s own 'terror bird' ruled Rēkohu with an iron beak 

Another giant bird has been torn from its grave: the ancient Rēkohu/Chatham Island penguin. Just how big was it?

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Cavetown
Dec 9, 2019

Who is Cavetown, and how did he sell out in Auckland?

An artist called Cavetown is coming to Auckland in January for a show that's already sold out. But what, praytell, is a Cavetown?

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Business
Dec 7, 2019

The long night of the Lime

Lime brought e-scooters to Auckland and changed the way we travel in less than a year. Now, the council is replacing it and Wave with three new contenders.

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Science
Dec 3, 2019

Weather forecast: everyone gets everything

Summer has begun and the forecast is: it’s hot and breezy and wet and dry. We explain what’s going on, and what you can expect over the coming months.

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Business
Dec 2, 2019

Stop ripping off artists’ work on the internet, you thieving dogs

Posting your art online is a no-brainer: it’s a gallery and marketing all in one. It’s also a cesspit of digital thieves.

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Music
Nov 29, 2019

Tom Scott just leaked his own album on WeTransfer

Tom Scott, otherwise known as Avantdale Bowling Club, has leaked his collaboration with Joel Tashkoff, shortly after winning album of the year at the Vodafone New Zealand Music Awards. 

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Science
Nov 26, 2019

Highly contagious mumps outbreak hitting Auckland gyms

Last year saw the largest mumps outbreak in two decades across Auckland. Now a new outbreak suggests the disease may be back on the rise.

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Media
Nov 21, 2019

Cheat sheet: What’s conspiracy theory crackpot Louise Mensch doing on RNZ?

Louise Mensch is set to hit New Zealand airwaves this evening. Who is this conspiracy theorist and what could she possibly be saying to Lisa Owen?

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Television
Nov 20, 2019

SPOILER ALERT: what you didn’t notice in The Mandalorian

Seriously, if you haven’t seen The Mandalorian, look away now. This article also contains spoilers for Return of the Jedi, The Phantom Menace, Return of the Sith, and The Last Jedi.

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Food
Nov 16, 2019

Recipe for disaster: The disturbing decline of the grazing platter

Ten thousand years ago, roasted hares and figs were flat-layed on Levantine flax leaves. Now, we drape prosciutto over strawberries on computer desks. Josie Adams mourns the death of the platter.

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Business
Nov 13, 2019

The Auckland-based startup looking to disrupt how we offset emissions

Newly launched carbon offsetting company Carbonclick want to make it easier for businesses and consumers to save the planet.

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Society
Nov 8, 2019

It’s not over: Psychologists say DHB strikes will be back on soon

Last week three months of striking ended, with no resolution. But psychologists say the fight isn’t over.

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Media
Nov 1, 2019

Cheat sheet: what the heck is a TikTok?

The Gen Z-targeted mobile application TikTok is finally being noticed by adults. But what is it?

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Television
Oct 27, 2019

In defence of superhero movies

Martin Scorsese, Francis Ford Coppola, and Ken Loach all have one thing in common: they don’t like superhero movies. Josie Adams defends the existence of the world’s most money-hungry film genre.

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Music
Oct 26, 2019

SWIDT, the most electrifying rap group in New Zealand, is now the most political

Onehunga-bred hip hop collective SWIDT have released what might be one of the most politicised music videos in New Zealand history. They talked to Josie Adams about why it felt like the right time.

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Politics
Oct 24, 2019

How much did they listen? Here’s what just happened to the Zero Carbon Bill

With over 15,000 public submissions on the bill, the environment select committee had a lot to think about. Here’s everything they did - and didn’t - decide to change about the Zero Carbon Bill.

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Society
Oct 21, 2019

Hate-peddling US pastor Steven Anderson blocked from New Zealand

Extremist Baptist pastor Steven Anderson has just been blocked from entering New Zealand, making us the 34th country to reject his hate speech-filled sermons. 

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Chorus
Oct 21, 2019

Taking ag-tech from Dunedin to Ethiopia and beyond

Otago-grown agricultural technology company Techion has cornered an international market. Its founder, Greg Mirams, explained how the internet of things and fast fibre broadband has transformed the way he does business.

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Science
Oct 18, 2019

Could an uber-moose take over Fiordland?

Ten moose were upended into the Dusky Sounds in 1910. Now, their descendants are getting their day in the sun.

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TVNZ
Oct 16, 2019

Kel Knight taught me to powerwalk: my night in the Have You Been Paying Attention audience

Josie Adams is in tonight's episode of Have You Been Paying Attention. Specifically, she is in the audience.

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Local Elections
Oct 14, 2019

10 questions with Dunedin’s new Green Party mayor, Aaron Hawkins

Dunedin's new mayor Aaron Hawkins is, arguably, the first to represent the city's student population as much as its older residents. We asked him ten questions about his win.

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Local Elections
Oct 10, 2019

Chainsaw lessons with rates-slashing billboard idol Tina Nixon

Tina Nixon, Masterton mayoral candidate and chainsaw model, is leading one of the tightest campaigns rural NZ has seen. Josie Adams headed to the Wairarapa to meet her.

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Local Elections
Oct 8, 2019

Race briefing: Palmerston North, the election that’s so thrilling it’s a crime

In our final local elections race briefing of 2019, Josie Adams (who is lame) visits Palmerston North (which is cool).

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TVNZ
Oct 7, 2019

All your questions about Batwoman, answered

Josie Adams breaks down everything you need to know about Batwoman, the latest caped crusader to take on the batty burden of protecting Gotham. 

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Local Elections
Oct 4, 2019

Dunedin’s venomous election fight, assessed via the Spinoff Snake Rating

Dunedin's local election race has broken out into a symphony of front-stabbing, back-stabbing, and general mud-slinging. But then, doesn't a good politician need a bit of bite? Josie Adams consults …

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